Bethel-Tate and Glen Este matmen pin down biggest success in county wrestling scene

January 28th, 2010    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Dustin Davidson, Bethel-Tate 130-pound senior wrestler, won the 100th and 101st varsity wrestling matches of his career at the Madeira Invitational.


Bethel’s grappling gladiators have done very well for themselves. The Fighting Tigers were the champions of the 17-team Fenwick Invitational.

A total of 16 of the 20 wrestlers entered for the Red and Gray placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes.

Tyler Osborne, Batavia 152-pounder senior, is about to pin his Scott (Ky.) adversary during their bout in a four-team showdown at Batavia.
Chip Ratcliff (125) and Jake Barrett (171) were champions of their respective weight classes. Second places were earned by Brandon Kahlenbeck (103), Davidson (130), and Jon Ward (189). Third places were achieved by Chris Taggert (119) and Jake Hamblin (135). In fourth place were Jacob Phillips (125), Josh Closser (189), and Paschal Lanigan (285). Spencer Ireton (145) and Kyle Kaiser (160) finished fifth. Garnering sixth place were Brian Carter (119) and Blake Hurtt (152). Mitch Giar (215) was seventh. Cory Doherty (215) was eighth.

In a triangular, the Red and Gray did away with Batavia 44-36 and lost to Little Miami 46-33.

Twin wins were attained by Ratcliff (125), Davidson (130), Barrett (171), Mitch Giar (215), and Lanigan (285). Carter (112), Ireton (140), Austin Kinnard (145), and Kaiser (160) won one match apiece.

Madeira Invitational

New Richmond seniors Andrew Nealan and Brian Gelter won their respective individual weight class championships at the Madeira Invitational to pace Clermont County's wrestlers.

Reading was the team champion among the 20 competing squads with 249.5 points, New Richmond was second with 158.5, Bethel-Tate was eighth with 111, and Clermont Northeastern was 13th with 49.

Nealan was titlist of the 152-pound division and Gelter was the victor of the 215-pound class.

A pair of Bethel-Tate seniors were runners-up in their respective classes - Dustin Davidson (130) and Paschal Lanigan (275). Third place was earned by Brody Hooks of New Richmond (112), Cody Gabelman of New Richmond (119), Jake Bieber of Northeastern (135), and Mitch Giar of Bethel-Tate (215). Fourth place was garnered by Austin Skaggs of New Richmond (103). Finishing fifth was Jon Ward of Bethel-Tate (189) and J. R. Forsee of New Richmond (275). One-half dozen Clermont countians grabbed sixth place - Nick Simpson of Northeastern (103), Tyler Loyd of New Richmond (125), Taylor Shinkle of Northeastern (130), Spencer Ireton of Bethel-Tate (140), Cory English of New Richmond (145), and Blake Hurtt of Bethel-Tate (152).

Sycamore Invitational

Glen Este turned in a very impressive effort at the 36th Annual Sycamore Invitational. Among the 18 teams, the Trojans were runner-up with 209.5 points behind the champion Oak Hills Highlanders that had 225.5. Amelia was 11th with 56.5.

Five of the 10 GE placers were second in their respective weight class. They were Mark Lowery (112), Josh Clift (119), Blake Meyers (125), Cody Burris (152) and Cory Burris (160). The other placers were Caleb Ervin (103) and Drew Kearns (130) third, Travis Jones (171) and James Mikolay (285) fourth, and Kyle Turner (189) fifth.

Amelia was led by the second place finish of Cory Clolinger (103). The other Baron placers were Dylan Newport (135) and Joey Thompson (145) who finished fifth.

Fort Ancient Valley Conference

In the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division, the best win-loss records achieved by Clermont countians are Glen Este's Jon Piatt (103) 5-4, Mark Lowery (112) 10-7, Josh Clift (119) 12-7, Blake Meyers (125) 14-5, Cody Burris (152) 10-10, Jimmy Morehouse (189) 7-2, Kyle Turner (189) 3-3, Michael Kennedy (215) 9-6, and Justin Mulloney (285) 5-5.

Milford's best belong to Quentin Dunn (135) 14-5, Jimmy Shamblin (140) 3-2, Conner Dietrich (152) 11-5, Caleb Megie (160) 5-5, and Drew Weigel (215) 14-5.

Charlie Moore Invitational at Reading High School

Bethel-Tate (BT) led the way for Clermont County teams finishing fourth among the 18-teams with a total of 145 points, Clermont Northeastern (CNE) was ninth with 65 and Williamsburg (Wms) was 17th with 23. The host Blue Devils won the tournament with 288.5 points.

The county had one titlist and that was Bethel-Tate's Chip Ratcliff (119). Other finalists who gained second place were Bethel-Tate's Dustin Davidson (130) and CNE's Ryan Reynolds (140).

Other Clermonters who placed were Brian Carter (BT) 112 (fifth), Taylor Shinkle (CNE) 130 (fifth), Spencer Ireton (BT) 135 (fifth), Jake Royer (CNE) 152 (fourth), Jake Barrett (BT) 171 (fourth), Lance Reeves (Wms) 189 (fourth), Jon Ward (BT) 189 (fifth), Mitch Giar (BT) 215 (fourth), Paschal Lanigan (BT) 285 (fourth), and Jordan Smith (Wms) 285 (sixth).

Glen Este

The Trojans broke even in three-way play pounding Purcell Marian's Cavaliers 55-18 and being pounded by Princeton's Vikings 51-12.

Downing both adversaries were Josh Clift (119), Blake Meyers (130), and Caleb Prinz (145). Winning out over Purcell Marian, only, were Drew Kearns (125), Trevor Buckman (135), Ray Trumble (140), Cody Burris (152), John Mikolay (171), Kyle Turner (189), Justin Mulloney (215), and James Mikolay (285).


In a tri-meet, the Barons beat host Clermont Northeastern 50-27 and lost to Batavia 51-30.

Double winners for the Blue and White were Andy Clolinger (119), Jacob Martin (189), and Matt Adams (285).

Triumphing over CNE were Dylan Newport (140), Tyler Scharf (145), Joey Thompson (152), Derrick Hopper (171), and Marc McDonald (215).

Winning over Batavia were Cory Clolinger (112) and Matt McElfresh (125).

The Blue and White was 19th with 17 points among the 19 teams that scored at the Fairfield Invitational.

Cory Clolinger (103) gained fourth place.


The Eagles had three of their matmen emerge from the Harrison Duals with winning records. Quentin Dunn (135) was 4-1 and Jimmy Shamblin (140) and Connor Dietrich (145) were 3-2.

In a three-team showdown, the Red and White lost to Sycamore's Aviators and St. Xavier's Bombers. Dunn, Dietrich, and Dylan Roll (103) emerged victorious in both of their respective contests.

At the Kenston Invitational, Dietrich grappled his way to runner-up and Dunn to fourth place.
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